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Empire of cotton: a global history
Book 2788/Completed: 8/26/2015

Author:Beckert, Sven. Beckert.
Edition:First edition.
Description:xxii, 615 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
LC Call No.:HD9870.5.B43 2014
Book Number:HIS036040 HIS054000 HIS037000
Dewey No.:338.4/767721 23
ISBN:9780375414145 (hardback)
Notes:"This is a Borzoi Book"--Title page verso.
"The epic story of the rise and fall of the empire of cotton, its centrality in the world economy, and its making and remaking of global capitalism. Sven Beckert's rich, fascinating book tells the story of how, in a remarkably brief period, European entrepreneurs and powerful statesmen recast the world's most significant manufacturing industry combining imperial expansion and slave labor with new machines and wage workers to change the world. Here is the story of how, beginning well before the advent of machine production in 1780, these men created a potent innovation (Beckert calls it war capitalism, capitalism based on unrestrained actions of private individuals; the domination of masters over slaves, of colonial capitalists over indigenous inhabitants), and crucially affected the disparate realms of cotton that had existed for millennia. We see how this thing called war capitalism shaped the rise of cotton, and then was used as a lever to transform the world. The empire of cotton was, from the beginning, a fulcrum of constant global struggle between slaves and planters, merchants and statesmen, farmers and merchants, workers and factory owners. In this as in so many other ways, Beckert makes clear how these forces ushered in the modern world. The result is a book as unsettling and disturbing as it is enlightening:a book that brilliantly weaves together the story of cotton with how the present global world came to exist"-- Provided by publisher.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
The rise of a global commodity -- Building war capitalism -- The wages of war capitalism -- Capturing labor, conquering land -- Slavery takes command -- Industrial capitalism takes wing -- Mobilizing industrial labor -- Making cotton global -- A war reverberates around the world -- Global reconstruction -- Destructions -- The new cotton imperialism -- The return of the global South -- The weave
and the weft:an epilogue.
Subjects:Cotton textile industry -- History.
Cotton trade -- History.
Cotton plantation workers -- History.
Slavery -- Economic aspects.
Textile workers.
Capitalism -- History.
Labor -- History.
HISTORY / United States / 19th Century. bisacsh
HISTORY / Social History. bisacsh
HISTORY / World. bisacsh
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